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Postdoctoral Fellow, Pediatric Enteric Infections, Department of Pediatrics

Job ID: 16413

Updated: Today

Location: Foothills Campus

Position Description

Area:           Pediatric Enteric Infections  
Duration:    2-Year Position 
Start date:  January 2019 
Salary:        $55,000/year

The Sections of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary are seeking an individual with excellent epidemiologic skills who is interested in completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Enteric Infections.

Job Description:
The Sections of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Calgary are accepting applications for an Eyes High Post-Doctoral Scholar (PDS) focused on the study of acute enteric infections (i.e. vomiting and diarrhea) in children. The position is funded by the University’s Eyes High rising stars strategy, which targets the highest caliber candidates with track records that are competitive for national/international fellowships. This 2-year position must commence in 2019 and includes a stipend of $55,000/year plus health benefits.

The PDS will work on new and existing cohort studies, clinical trials, and systematic reviews of pediatric gastroenteritis, with a focus on epidemiology or health services. The PDS will be expected to contribute to study design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation; exceptional scholars will be encouraged to develop novel research questions and lead sub-studies within the team. A primary source of data will be the APPETITE study, which includes clinical and biological data from 4,500 gastroenteritis cases and controls comprehensively tested for a large suite of enteric pathogens. Linkage to data from the province’s single-payer health system is also possible.

Topics of study within the field of pediatric gastroenteritis will be based on PDS interest. Areas of current investigation include a future norovirus immunization program, implementation of culture-independent diagnostic testing for enteric pathogens, effects of probiotics on gastroenteritis outcomes, clinical and health system burden of enteric infections, and the epidemiology of specific pathogens (e.g. Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, C. difficile). Other potential areas of study include the association of acute gastroenteritis with chronic diseases (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome), role of the microbiome in gastroenteritis, and patient-centered gastroenteritis care in the emergency department.

We are seeking candidates with a PhD/ScD/DrPH in epidemiology, health services, public health, or a related discipline, or candidates with an MD (or equivalent) and supplemental training in research methodology. The successful candidate will have strong methodologic skills, a publication record commensurate with experience, the ability to work both independently and as a team
member, and excellent written and spoken communication skills. Prior experience in infectious diseases, gastroenterology, emergency medicine, or child health is preferred. Prior experience in enteric diseases is an asset but not required.

The successful candidate will join Dr. Stephen Freedman’s extensive clinical laboratory. Our work targets gastroenteritis, which results in >500,000 deaths/year in children <5 years of age. The team is committed to providing a bench to bedside to policy training experience, enabling the PDS to contribute to an evidence-based, economically efficient, patient-centred, provincial acute gastroenteritis management plan. Our team’s activities over the past decade have brought pediatric acute gastroenteritis into the spotlight and have altered clinical practice. Supported by multiple funding agencies (e.g. CIHR; AIHS), the team has a large, multi-disciplinary, translational research portfolio. The PDS will collaborate with scientists, clinicians, and policymakers in virology, microbiology, pediatrics, public health, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, and infectious diseases. Our team will focus on educating the fellow on the basics of translational enteric disease research, the scientific processes employed, and the ability to conduct clinical studies to test hypotheses.

Application details:
The call for applicants will be open until December 19th, 2018. Pediatric Emergency Medicine trained physicians are eligible to apply and may earn supplementary income through a limited amount of clinical work.To apply, please send a cover letter with statement of research experience and interests, and CV with names of three references, with the subject line “Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar Position” to:

Stephen Freedman, MDCM, MSc
Alberta Children’s Hospital, rm C4-634
2888 Shaganappi Trail, NW
Calgary, AB, Canada, T3B 6A8

About the University of Calgary:
The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation’s most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, where innovative teaching and groundbreaking research go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. The strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by our Gaelic motto, which translates to ‘I will lift up my eyes.’
To succeed as one of Canada’s top universities, where new ideas are created, tested and applied through first-class teaching and research, the University of Calgary needs more of the best minds in our classrooms and labs. We’re increasing our scholarly capacity by investing in people who want to change the world, bringing the best and brightest to Calgary to form a global intellectual hub and achieve advances that matter to everyone.



About Calgary:
Named a cultural capital of Canada and one of the best places to live in the world, Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Calgary respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity.


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